Live Life One Day at a Time
This is a guest post by Kimanzi Constable. He is a former bread delivery driver turned best-selling author, international speaker and life coach. His passion is to help family men and woman live life by their own design and create a freedom based online business on the side. You can also connect with him on Twitter.
Have you ever looked at your children and wondered where the time has gone? I wish I could say that I spent all that time the way I wanted to, the way the Lord wanted me to but that would be a lie.
The best way to describe those twelve years was existing, I was in survival mode. I was in a job that I hated and took me away from my family, I was 170 pounds overweight, and everyday I wanted to move out of Wisconsin.
I was never fully present, I was always in a dream land, wishing for something more. This dreaming happened for years, it took the death of my father to wake me up and finally take action.
I realized to honor the Lord and be there for my family, I had to master this concept of being fully present, I had to live one day at a time. Are you living fully present? Are you living life with intention?
The secret to being fully present
Most of the time we dream and even chase dreams at the expense of the present. The secret to being fully present is to live one day at a time, to focus on each day as if it were the last. Everyday that we wake up and breath air is a blessing and a gift from God but they’re not guaranteed.
We have to treat these days as gifts and make the most of each day. Instead of focusing on the big picture of what we want to do in life, focus on what we need to accomplish today to make those things happen.
Yes, we should plan for the future, don’t get me wrong, planning is key for success in life. However, we need to tune out the distractions and focus on the here and now.
When you’re with your family, don’t check Facebook updates on your phone. When you’re talking to your spouse, don’t think about the ten things you have to get done. You are there, present in that moment, absorbing all that is happening.
Focus brings clarity
When you focus on one thing at a time, when you focus on being in that moment, you get absolutely clarity. You hear what your spouse is saying, you can see what you need to do and the best way to do it.
You won’t get distracted by the thousand different roads you could go down and the one hundred different things you can do to make your dreams possible. You focus on what you need to wake up and do today.
When you have a bad day, you can go to bed and wake up determined to make the most of the new day, determined to make things even better. You brush your shoulders off and keep moving forward, not living in the regret of yesterday’s failure.
I’m not saying you’ll never get derailed and you’ll never have failures, we all have and will. I’m saying taking things one day at a time will help you prepare to deal with those rough times. You won’t get discouraged and give up because tomorrow is a new day.
Stop, take a step breath and enjoy each moment this week. Be there, give your full attention to what you need to focus on right now. Take it one day at a time, enjoy the journey because soon it will be over.
Are you fully present in your life?